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Cold Case

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  235 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A boy makes a terrible discovery and must clear his family’s name in this action-packed thriller.

When thirteen-year-old Oz Keiller stumbles upon a dead body, his life is thrown into a tailspin. His older brother is the prime suspect in the murder, and Oz soon learns that the crime may be tied to the death of his father years earlier—a father who was accused of selling nucl
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Aladdin
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Rebecca McNutt
Sometimes YA fiction in the mystery/crime genre can be really dull and the characters can be very immature. Luckily, Cold Case (not to be confused with my favorite TV show on CBS of the same title) was an exception. Emotional, intense, suspenseful and riveting, this story begins as a murder mystery and soon turns out to involve government corruption, nuclear secrets, family drama and good old fashioned detective work.
Hector Bustos
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a 13-year-old boy finding a dead man's body in his family's restaurant. The genre of this book is mystery. I especially liked this book because of how it leaves the reader with suspense at the end of every chapter.

13- year-old Austin "Oz" Keiller spends his Saturday mornings clean the house because of his older brother, Dave. On Saturday he notices that his older brother, Dave is not home he figures he is at his family's restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Oz leaves the house arrives
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fic
I love a good murder mystery, so when I was offered this one for review (THANK YOU) I of course said sure.

Things I Liked:
1)The relationships around Oz (the main character)--he and his brother Dave, he and his best friend Rusty, he and fellow restaurant employee Razor. They all rang true in terms of how they communicated and got along.
2)The history of Los Alamos and descriptions of Santa Fe.
3)The descriptions of how a kitchen runs. Not that I cook but still ... it made sense and seemed like it re
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen-year-old Oz Keillor wants nothing more but to work at his family's restaurant and become a successful chef someday, but things take an unexpected turn when Oz finds a dead journalist in the kitchen of their restaurant early one Saturday morning, and soon discovers that his brother might have murdered the journalist over an old family vendetta involving his now dead father and some pretty nasty secrets. Shocked at his very own family for keeping such secrets and lying all these years, Oz ...more
Oz and his friend Rusty find themselves in a strange new world when Oz discovers a body in his family's restaurant, and Dave, Oz's brother, is arrested for murder. Oz's mother is in France, and the list of adults Oz can turn to is short. He and Rusty embark upon their own investigation since the police seem to think it's an open and shut case. What connection did the murdered man have with Dave, and with Oz's dad, once a scientist at Los Alamos, uncovered as a spy, and dead before Oz was born? T ...more
Tyler Haney
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Restaurants. Not the kind of place you'd find a dead body. But 13-year-old Austin "Oz" Keiller finds just that. A dead body in his family's restaurant, Chez Isabelle, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ***SPOILER ALERT*** He finds a clue that could put his brother, Dave, at #1 on the suspect list: A note saying to meet After going to the police station for an interview, he learns that Dave and mother have kept a terrible secret from him: The fact that his late father was accused of selling rogue governme ...more
Devin Logan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine be a 13-yr. old boy, with a life that seems to be normal for what you know. Until you go to the family restaurant early one Saturday morning and are horrified by the sight that you see. The back door light is busted out, the back door is unlocked with no signs of forced entry, and there is such an errie feeling in your body. Then, when you turn on the lights you see something you couldn't have imagined would be there in a million years. Blood!

That is what happened to Oz Keiler. He went
Molly Jo
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
This book totally took me back to when I was 12 and reading my first mystery novel! Actually, I may have been younger. It was Megan's Island by Willo David Roberts. Ah, the memories. Moving on.

Poor Oz! He goes into the family restaurant to get things ready for the night and finds a dead body and a LOT of blood in the freezer. Not exactly conducive to a nice evening. Things rapidly spiral out of control when it looks like Oz's brother had the perfect motive and opportunity. The police also enligh
Aditya Jha
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a murder of a newspaper writer that happens at a boys family restaurant. Oz who is the boy gets his brother taken away by the police because they think that he committed the crime. Oz goes to his mom's lawyer to find out what is going on. Oz does the investigation by himself and finds out that someone who worked with his dad (the dad was pronounced a traitor after some files got out of the nuclear plant that he worked in, but it was a lie the man who did the murder leaked the f ...more
Tammy Dahle
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
Finding a dead body in a walk in freezer is not a good way to start the day. But things go from bad to worse when Oz's big brother and head chef is accused of murder and thrown in jail. Suddenly it's up to Oz to get to the bottom of the crime and fast because police are starting to look at him as a possible accomplice.
Cold Case is a sharp, engaging, detective mystery perfect for middle school readers, as well as older readers. Main character Oz feels like the real deal as he strugg
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Julia Platt Leonard has been a television reporter, pastry chef & bread baker for Todd English, and a food consultant. She lives in London with her family. When she’s not dreaming about what’s for dinner or thinking up new stories, she is a freelance copy writer and recipe tester. Cold Case is her first novel.
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